Police seeking legal action against train conductor responsible for blocking railroad crossing in Riesel

POSTED: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 1:37pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 8:35pm

Train traffic was back to normal in Riesel Tuesday, after one train reportedly blocked residents in their home for about two hours Monday.

Riesel police say it's very common for trains to travel through the town. However, problems caused by the trains can be just as common. On Monday, a resident reported a stopped train to police around 7:52 a.m. The train was reportedly stopped and blocking the only way for the residents of two homes to get in and out of their driveways. The family that reported the train called the train company twice and talked to them about the stopped train. However, the train was not immediately moved, police say.

When police tried to resolve the situation, the train's conductor, who is in charge of the train, reportedly was not cooperative and didn't want to identify himself.

“The train company is not cooperative at all. In fact, it seems to be company policy that employees do not identify themselves,” said Riesel Police Chief Danny Krumnow.

So now, police are taking legal action. Krumnow says the law states a train can only block a crossing for up to ten minutes, unless it's an emergency. It is the police department’s right, Krumnow says to issue a ticket to the train company. Instead of attempting to pursue legal action against the conductor of Monday’s train incident, he says the city’s attorneys are reviewing the case. Krumnow says an arrest or something of the sort would have only blocked the residents that much longer; harmful chemicals on the train, he says, also couldn’t be left to sit there. Krumnow also explains, train issues are quite common in nearby Hallsburg as well.

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